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Powder Day: January 10, 2018

Snowmaking Continues

The last few weeks have been full of exciting days on the mountain. From Santa’s visit on the slopes to the opening of two terrain parks (with 20 features!), we’ve been working hard and having fun doing it!

December 25, 2017

With snow in the forecast, our snowmakers are taking advantage of cooler night temperatures to make as much snow as possible! We’re anticipating a couple inches of Mother Nature’s best, which will give our crews a leg up to open new terrain.

January 4, 2018

Another exciting addition has been the acquisition of a booster pump, which provides water ...

More Trails. More Thrills.

The snowmaking team has been hard at work over the last week, taking advantage of cold temperatures.

Snowmakers are rewarded with a glowing sunrise. Photo credit snowmaker Carlos Danel.

With the opening of our brand new Hart Prairie Quad lift last week, skiers and riders have been enjoying their fair share of excellent snow and stunning views. The new terrain has allowed us to begin providing beginner lessons–just in time for your visiting friends and family for the holidays!

Fresh corduroy on recently opened Hart Prairie. Photo taken on 12/15/17

After the opening of Hart Prairie, the snowmakers set their sights on even more terrain ...

The New Hart Prairie Lift is Now Open!

Ava overseeing snowmaking efforts This week’s cold temperatures provided optimal snowmaking conditions, resulting in the most productive run this season. Mountain crews made snow every day this week starting their run on Monday morning. All of this progress can only mean one thing: more terrain is now open including our new lift!

The bottom terminal of the brand new Hart Prairie Lift. Photo taken 12/07/2017

The Hart Prairie quad started turning for the first time this morning. Our third new lift in three years services the largest beginner terrain in the southwest, Hart Prairie, and features a state of the art loading ...

Grand Canyon Express is Open!

Arizona’s only 6-person high-speed chairlift — Grand Canyon Express — is now open!

Photo taken 12/6/17

With the opening of Grand Canyon Express, new intermediate terrain (including Logjam and RoundUp) is officially open for skiing and riding. See the Snow Report for the entire list of open trails.

The crews are making snow around the clock. Photo taken 12/6/17.

The temperatures are predicted to remain favorable for snowmaking all week, so the crews anticipate opening beginner terrain (including Little Spruce Conveyor and our brand new Hart Prairie Quad lift) by the weekend. Once beginner terrain is open, we’ll start rolling ...

Installing the Hart Prairie Chairs, Making Snow, and Frosty Peaks

We’ve had a busy week at Snowbowl with major construction milestones, continued snowmaking, and a dusting of snow on the peaks. Here’s your inside look at this week’s on-mountain action.

Shiny, new chairs waiting for their turn on the lift.

The crew measures the precise distance between chairs as they install each one. They also check to make sure the bullwheel is keeping perfect tension in the rope.

Chairs are sent up the mountain as new ones are continually added.

A crewmember secures the grip on the chairs.

On November 8th, Mother Nature provided a frosty ...

Behind the Scenes with Dale and His Snowmaking Team

As the 2017-2018 winter season gets closer, the snowmaking team at Arizona Snowbowl is ready. After a summer of repairing, replacing, and cleaning parts, Dale Haglin and his crew placed the snow guns along the slopes for their inaugural tests. After testing was complete and the snow guns were strategically placed, the waiting game for cooler temperatures began.

Dale Haglin, Director of Mountain Operations

On September 23rd, thanks to the efficient work by Dale and his team, Snowbowl became the first resort in the country to begin making snow. While the temperatures have stayed high in October, the crew has continued to make snow as ...

Late Summer Updates

By J.R. Murray, General Manager

Snowmaking has begun and the countdown is on to be Arizona’s first ski area to open on November 10. Here are other projects mountain crews are working on to get the mountain ready for winter.

HAUL ROPE AND TOWERS ARE BEING REMOVED

The haul rope from the old Hart Prairie Double Chairlift has been carefully removed and spooled. The final towers are also being carefully lowered and stored. Enjoy this video as we say goodbye to our old Hart Prairie Double Chairlift.

The crews are carefully removing the haul rope off the Hart Prairie Double Chairlift

The towers of the Old Hart Prairie ...

Snowbowl is the First Ski Area to Make Snow in the United States

Arizona Snowbowl fired up their snow guns over the weekend – this marked the earliest start in Arizona’s history and, for the first time ever, crowned the Flagstaff ski area as the first to make snow in the United States.

Photo courtesy snowmaker Carlos Danel

Snowbowl officially began snowmaking operations on Logjam and Wild Turkey at 8 p.m. on Saturday night and continued through this morning as the resort prepares to be the first ski area open in Arizona (Opening Day is scheduled for November 10).

Photo courtesy snowmaker Carlos Danel

The race to become the first ski area in the U.S. is fueled ...

Summer Updates

By J.R.Murray

Our staff and mountain crew are excited to announce that opening day will be on November 10th, 2017, which will make us the first ski area to open in Arizona. Preparations for the winter season are in full swing. See what we’re up to as crews continue with projects around the mountain.

The old Hart Prairie lift will be dismantled within the next few weeks to give way to the new Hart Prairie Quad lift. Currently, the crews are grading the area around the lift, building the operator huts and installing power and communication lines to both top and bottom ...

Installing New High-Speed 6-Pack Lift Terminals & Snowmaking Equipment Ready for the Season!

Labor Day is the turning point for Snowbowl and every ski area. The ski Bottom Terminalseason will arrive quickly, and we have many projects to complete. The new Grand Canyon Express high-speed 6-person lift remains our number one priority. This week, the bottom terminal machinery was delivered, and all the sheave assemblies (cable support wheels) with towers will arrive before the weekend. The bottom terminal grading turned out excellent with new grass already growing on the slopes (see photo on right). Our first helicopter mission is scheduled for late next week when POMA crews will pour concrete for the upper ...

Summer Mountain Update

Summer’s in session, but our team is working hard to prepare the mountain for winter. Mountain crews have been busy surveying, pouring concrete and executing summer projects. Here’s a sneak peek of what we’re working on:

Slopeside Dining Our new restaurant will double the dining capacity at the base area with 300 indoor seats, plus a patio complete with fire pit—perfect for après ski! Located beside the Sunset Chairlift and near the Grand Canyon Express, you’ll enjoy ski-in, ski-out access to a brand-new alternative to the Hart Prairie Lodge. The dining area will be held in a temporary fabric covered structure while permanent ...

3rd New Lift in Three Years!

by J.R. Murray, the General Manager

Hart Prairie chairlift is the primary and longest beginner lift at Snowbowl. The existing lift, built in 1981, was a two passenger seat lift made by Riblet Tramway Company. The new replacement chairlift is made by Doppelmayr, an Austrian-based company with a North American factory in Salt Lake City, UT. Doppelmayr is a worldwide leader of aerial transportation systems.

The new Hart Prairie lift is a four-seater with restraining bars, foot rests, and thick padded seats. The four-passenger lift allows families to ride together and enables ski instructors to ride with more guests, especially children.  The ...

Escape the heat of the southwest and enjoy the coolest place to be in Arizona this summer!

Arizona Snowbowl has officially kicked off summer with daily scenic chairlift rides plus other fun events.

Experience the dramatic scenery of northern Arizona from Snowbowl’s scenic chairlift. View wildlife, the picturesque pine forest, and miles of the Grand Canyon’s north rim.  The scenic chairlift operates daily from 10am to 4pm through Labor Day. For lift ticket pricing, visit the Arizona Snowbowl website.

Each summer, Snowbowl partners with the U.S. Forest Service to provide interesting information on Arizona’s unique environment and geology, including the significance of the San Francisco Volcanic field from expert Forest Service Rangers at the top of the chairlift.

At the base area, enjoy a tasty lunch ...

Meet Ava, Snowbowl’s First Avalanche Rescue Puppy!

By guest blogger, Hailey Hagerty

Working as a ski patroller over the last few seasons, I have been humbled by the unpredictability and power of avalanches. As humans, we are driven to test our limits by skiing and snowboarding the steepest slopes, the deepest powder and the tallest cliffs. One must always be careful travelling in avalanche terrain, even with the essential tools (beacon, shovel, probe) and a proper working knowledge of how to use them. In the event that there is an avalanche burial and a beacon is not working or was not worn, an avalanche dog may be a ...